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Frances Welch has written for the Sunday Telegraph, Granta, The Spectator and the Financial Times. She is co-author of Memories of Revolution: Russian Women Remember (Routledge, 1993), The Romanov + Mr Gibbes (Short Books, 2003) and A Romanov Fantasy: Life at the Court of Anna Anderson (Short Books, 2007) She is married to the writer Craig Brown, and has two children. She lives in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
"A jewel of a book - In its quirkiness and sheer unlikeliness - Popular history writing at its cleverest and most enjoyable best." Mail on Sunday "A masterpiece of comic understatement" The Times "Welch writes with a limpid style and a cool intelligence" Sunday Telegraph "I was hooked from page one - this is cumulatively moving - a real triumph of sympathy" AN Wilson "The kind of history that makes fiction look pallid and pointless - " --Evening Standard "A gripping account of the Romanovs choppy passage into exile. Welch s detective work has produced a book that is wonderfully witty and sad by turns." --Mail on Sunday "The book's readability and telling use of detail are splendid." --Spectator "a splendidly exotic story ... Frances Welsh does it grippingly here, with lots of details I hadn't come across before. I loved to read of the goods they brought with them, including rolled-up Rembrandt paintings, Faberge eggs and other treasures of the sort. What a pilgrimage, to be sure." --Sunday Telegraph "A fascinating, poignant portrait of a bizarre collection of people caught up in the chaos of their exodus" --Irish Times "The book s readability and telling use of detail are splendid." --Spectator